The Mentor Program for Oxford College started in spring 2008. Other divisions such as Goizueta Business School have begun similar programs. We at Oxford College saw the enormous benefit of such a program as well. Each year we will identify Oxford College alums who would like to form a mentoring connection with an Oxford sophomore to help the students navigate their career decisions. We need alumni to volunteer. Mentors and mentee are matched on a range of criteria, including shared academic interests and experiences, career fields, even shared student activities or alumni groups.
In 2008, we had 25 matches for the alumni and students and since then, we have doubled our matches. Students selected to participate must show a commitment to their career development and to networking with alumni. The mentor and their mentee are expected to talk, email, or meet at least once a month based on their own schedules. The mentor might host a job-shadowing day, for example, for the mentee to gain an inside look at their career field and the role they play. Mentors are invited to participate regardless of where they reside. If alumni live outside the Atlanta area, they will be matched with a student for e-mentoring, likely with a student who plans to live in their area after graduation.
The matches are made in the fall with a kickoff event for the mentoring pairs hosted at Oxford. The program officially ends in May when the students graduate from Oxford, but for many the relationships last as the students continue on to Emory or other schools. The Mentor Program is being coordinated by Tammy Camfield 89Ox 91C, Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Ami Hernandez, Coordinator of Career Services. For questions, contact Tammy Camfield 89Ox 91C at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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